Terry Paulson

President Barack Obama campaigned on change. Since his Inauguration, with the help of impressive Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress, he's gone full speed ahead in delivering on that promise!

He's committed trillions of dollars in spending, dramatically worked to expand the reach of the federal government in energy, healthcare and student loans, and launched expanded rescue plans for institutions "too big to fail." He's outlined timelines for withdrawal from Iraq and adjusted strategy in Afghanistan.

For a new president, he’s already planted numerous seeds in America's political ground. History will show whether those seeds come up weeds or bear fruit. Unfortunately, with a media engaged in a continuing lovefest, who’s even challenging the administration's talking points?

Could it be that the drop of popularity in newspapers and media coverage comes from a loss of trust in their balanced reporting? Hard-hitting coverage of what Obama’s liberal juggernaut could mean for America's future is rarer than the spotted owl!

In the movie, "State of Play," Ben Affleck plays an up-and-coming Congressman involved in a critical sub-committee inquiry. Russell Crowe plays his long-time friend and newspaper reporter, Cal McCaffrey. Without giving away any plots, Cal and his partner Della soon find that their hard-hitting journalistic digging forces them to overcome their own biases in pursuit of the truth in a very troubling murder. They dig as politicians dodge in an engaging story that brings viewers face-to-face with the difficult role reporters must exercise in a country committed to maintaining a "free" press.

We need an army of reporters like Cal McCaffrey. Voters have questions, and inquiring minds want to know the truth.

Our public debt stands at over $11 trillion and grows daily. In the first quarter, our GDP shrank at a 6.1 percent yearly rate and over 6.3 million Americans are unemployed, but President Obama continues to promote new entitlements and more spending. Where’s the scrutiny on the administration's rosy projections about program costs and future revenue? Before we take on more debt, what debts are we already facing that we have no plans to address?

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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